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From Brussels: Bruges and Ghent in a Day Guided Tour

1. From Brussels: Bruges and Ghent in a Day Guided Tour

Meet your guide in the center of Brussels and relax on the 100-kilometer journey to Bruges by bus. Upon arrival, discover the charms of “the Venice of the North” and see why the entire historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Marvel at highlights such as the Lake of Love (Minnewater Lake) and the 13th-century Begijnhof complex, founded in 1245 to house lay religious women. Go to Walplein Square, where the shady trees and cafes provide a perfect place to relax. Visit Stoofstraat on the site of the city's former Red Light District, and see medieval monuments such as the 11th-century Old St. John’s Hospital. Look at the world's second tallest brickwork tower at the Church of Our Lady, and see other historic monuments such as Gruuthuse Palace or the Dijver Canal. Go to one of the city's most photographed spots at Rozenhoedkaai, and admire the Belfry on Castle Square. Visit Market Square (Grote Markt) to see the Bell Tower (Belfort). Then enjoy 1-hour's free time for lunch (at your own expense) and the chance to sample some of the city's delicious chocolates.  Next, drive to Ghent, where the inhabitants have been popularly known as "noose-bearers“ since the days of Charles V. Take a guided tour of the city's historic buildings, such as the Castle of Gerald the Devil and Saint Bavo Cathedral, where you can learn about the painting of “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” by the Van Eyck brothers. Admire the Belfort (Bell Tower) and peculiar Gothic and Renaissance-style Town Hall. See one of the city's oldest monuments at St. Nicholas’ Church opposite the unusual facade of the Masons’ Guild House. Journey along the embankments of the medieval port of Graslei, and discover other highlights such as the majestic Castle of the Counts of Flanders, the Great Butchers’ Hall, the Old Fish Market, and Friday Market Square. Enjoy some free time in this magical city before returning back to Brussels. Our adventure is over! Don't wait and enjoy this day with us!

Bruges: Guided Walking Tour and Canal Boat Trip

2. Bruges: Guided Walking Tour and Canal Boat Trip

Your guide will meet you at the meeting point. Experience the many charms of the Venice of the North and see why the historic center of Bruges was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the city tour you'll see the Lake of Love, the Begijnhof (founded in 1245), Walplein Square, the Stoofstraat, Old St. John’s Hospital, the Church of Our Lady, Gruuthuse Palace, the Djiver Canal, Rozenhoedkaai, Tanners Square (Huidenvettersplein), the Burg Square with its Gothic Town Hall, the Basilica of the Holy Blood and the Market Square (Grote Markt) with the Belfort. At the end of the visit, your guide will answer all your questions and recommend places for lunch outside the tourist area. The guide will also give you advice about Belgium’s famous beer and about additional places to visit, including museums. End your visit with a boat ride through its canals! Do not miss this opportunity to discover the city from another perspective.

From Amsterdam: Bruges Guided Day Trip in English

3. From Amsterdam: Bruges Guided Day Trip in English

Discover the old-fashioned charm of Bruges on this guided tour from Amsterdam. Ride in a comfortable and air-conditioned coach and See sights like the Minnewater lake, Gruuthuse Palace, and the Grote Markt on a guided tour and have free time to explore the sights on your own.  Depart Amsterdam and journey to Bruges to see the UNESCO World Heritage monuments with an English-speaking guide. Get an introduction to the history of Belgium as you visit attractions such as the "Lake of Love" (Minnewater) and 13th-century Begijnhof. Learn more about the beers of Belgium and admire the brick tower of the Church of Our Lady. Explore the charming area around the Djiver canal, and then stroll the cobbled square of Walplein.  Wander the narrow lanes of the Stoofstraat and discover the Gruuthuse Palace, Burg Square, and Basilica of the Holy Blood. End in the Grote Markt and get 3 hours of free time for lunch or to visit the chocolate and lace shops on your own.

From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Bruges in Spanish

4. From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Bruges in Spanish

Embark on a day out to Bruges from Amsterdam and discover the World Heritage Site. See the romantic Lake of Love, walk around the Burg Square, and enjoy some free time to taste the Belgium beers. Depart from the center of Amsterdam in a comfortable bus. Learn from your guide all about the historic center of Bruges and why it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Start your tour with an introduction to the history of Belgium and Bruges. See the Lake of Love and the Begijnhof, founded in 1245. Visit the historic city center, learn more about Belgium’s world-famous beers and see the Church of Our Lady. Admire one of the most charming areas, around the Djiver canal. Continue your walk to Walplein Square, the Stoofstraat, Gruuthuse Palace, Burg Square with its Gothic Town Hall, and the Grote Markt with the Belfort. The tour finishes in the Grote Markt, in the heart of Bruges. Get recommendations of where to eat, drink and shop during your 3 hours of free time in the city. Sit back and relax as you head back to Amsterdam, where the tour ends.

From Brussels: Bruges Full-Day Guided Tour

5. From Brussels: Bruges Full-Day Guided Tour

Depart the Belgian capital in the morning and transfer to the charming town of Bruges. Upon arrival, see why the entire historic center of Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Go to the Lake of Love to see a calm oasis in the heart of the city. Marvel at the 13th-century Begijnhof,  covered in a carpet of daffodils in the spring. Continue to the quiet, paved square of Walplein, and stroll down the narrow Stoofstraat. See sights such as the 800-year-old St. John’s Hospital, and the imposing façade of the Church of Our Lady. Learn the history of the opulent palace of Gruuthuse, and walk alongside the banks of the Dijver Canal. Other highlights include the charming canal-side houses of the Rozenhoedkaai, the tiny square of the Huidenvettersplein, and the site of the 1st count’s castle on Castle Square.  Then, enjoy 2 free hours for lunch and explore the city as you please. Taste some of the exclusive chocolates of Bruges and pop into some of the legendary lace shops. Transfer back to Brussels, with an approximate 6:00 PM arrival time.

From Brussels: Bruges Day Trip in Spanish

6. From Brussels: Bruges Day Trip in Spanish

Discover the “Venice of the North” on a full-day guided tour of Bruges from Brussels. Depart the Belgian capital and transfer to the charming town of Bruges, located 100 kilometers northwest (and just 15 kilometers from the North Sea). Upon arrival, see why the entire historic center of Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Sitewith a guided walking tour of 2 hours. Go to the Lake of Love (Minnewaterpark) to see a tranquil oasis in the heart of the city. Marvel at the 13th-century Begijnhof, which is covered in a carpet of daffodils in the spring. Continue to the quiet, paved square of Walplein, and stroll down the narrow Stoofstraat. See sights such as the 800-year-old St. John’s Hospital, and the imposing façade of the Church of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk). Learn the history of the opulent palace of Gruuthuse, and walk alongside the banks of the Dijver Canal. Other highlights include the charming canal-side houses of the Rozenhoedkaai, the tiny square of the Huidenvettersplein (Tanners Square), and the site of the 1st count’s castle on Castle Square. Striking buildings on the square and nearby include the Basilica of the Holy Blood, City Hall, the neighboring Market Square (Grote Markt), and the Belfry (Belfort) tower. Then, enjoy free time for lunch and to explore the city as you please. Taste some of the exclusive chocolates of Bruges and pop into some of the legendary lace shops. Now it's time to go back to Brussels. Hope you enjoyed the day with us!

Bruges: Guided Walking Tour

7. Bruges: Guided Walking Tour

Your guide will meet you at the meeting point. Experience the city's many charms and see why the historic center of Bruges was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the city tour you'll see the Lake of Love, the Begijnhof (founded in 1245), Walplein Square, the Stoofstraat, Old St. John’s Hospital, the Church of Our Lady, Gruuthuse Palace, the Dijver Canal, Rozenhoedkaai, Tanners Square (Huidenvettersplein), the Burg Square with its Gothic Town Hall, the Basilica of the Holy Blood and the Market Square (Grote Markt) with the Belfort. At the end of the visit, your guide will answer all your questions and recommend places for lunch outside the tourist area. The guide will also give you advice about Belgium’s famous beer and about additional places to visit, including museums.

Bruges: City Sightseeing Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

8. Bruges: City Sightseeing Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Bruges’s city plan hasn’t changed since the middle ages. On this walking tour, you’ll get to peek behind the curtain of history to see what life was like back then, on a journey through time. You’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in medieval Bruges where, through stories and quirky facts, you’ll get an understanding of what this city once was, and still is, all about. You’ll visit all the main sites and lesser known ones too. You’ll venture into little alleys, squares, inner courtyards and secret inner gardens that most visitors don’t see. By the end of the tour, you’ll know: • Why pigs were banned from the streets in the middle ages and Bruges still keeps swans in its canals • The barbershop symbol’s connection to a medieval hospital • Exactly where within the city you were considered safe from the law • Why Bruges’s citizens are called “the fools” • How a heroic blind donkey got a street named after him • The reason sightings of witches and angels could have been real • Why urine was traded in one tiny square, and where sayings like “piss-poor” originate from I’m a traveler and I started Legends Tours with a friend after years of taking tours and realising that I only remember the quirky, interesting facts along the way. Legends Tours brings history to life through entertaining stories, so after this tour you’ll be sure to have plenty of fun facts to share with others. This tour suits first time travelers, Bruges locals, folks interested in history, and even quickly bored kids. Allow at least 90 minutes for the tour but feel free to take your time, linger in some of the bars and restaurants en route, and take as many photos as you desire.

Bruges Guided Walking Tour: Stories, Mysteries and People

9. Bruges Guided Walking Tour: Stories, Mysteries and People

Ranked 5⭐ Star Bruges Walking Tour! Best Tour with a Local Guide 🎉 Welcome to the enchanting heart of Bruges, where the cobbled streets whisper tales of centuries past, and each cobblestone seems to have its own story to tell. I'm your trusty guide, your passport to the past, and your ticket to adventure in this charming medieval city. 🏰 Picture this: as we wander through the city centre, we'll journey through time, from the days when knights donned shiny armour to the modern era of delectable Belgian chocolates. It's like a time machine, but without the risk of accidentally changing history. Unless you really want to. But I don't recommend it. 🍫 Now, I know you're probably thinking, "Why Bruges? What's so special about this place?" Well, besides the fact that it's a Unesco World Heritage Site (which is basically the gold medal of cool places), Bruges boasts more chocolate shops than you can shake a cocoa bean at. And if that's not reason enough, let me tell you about the beer. Belgians take their beer seriously, and you should too. Trust me; it's a frothy adventure waiting to happen. 🏛️ But that's not all! We'll be rubbing elbows with towering cathedrals and cozy streets (try saying that after a few Belgian beers), all while taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of this living fairy tale. 🌊 And don't forget the canals! We've got more of those than Venice (well, almost), and they're the watery arteries that keep the city's charm flowing. We'll stroll along the water's edge, discovering why Bruges is sometimes called the "Venice of the North" (without the gondolas, but with lots more waffles). 🍻 So, are you ready to embark on a journey that's part history, part chocolate, and all fun? Grab your comfy shoes, your sense of wonder, and maybe an umbrella (because you never know when those Belgian skies will decide to sprinkle a little magic). Let's dive into the whimsical world of Bruges together, one Belgian chocolate at a time!

Unforgettable Bruges: Sightseeings, History and Tasting.

10. Unforgettable Bruges: Sightseeings, History and Tasting.

Ranked 5⭐ Star Bruges Walking Tour! Best Tour with a Local Guide 🎉 Welcome to the enchanting heart of Bruges, where the cobbled streets whisper tales of centuries past, and each cobblestone seems to have its own story to tell. I'm your trusty guide, your passport to the past, and your ticket to adventure in this charming medieval city. 🏰 Picture this: as we wander through the city centre, we'll journey through time, from the days when knights donned shiny armour to the modern era of delectable Belgian chocolates. It's like a time machine, but without the risk of accidentally changing history. Unless you really want to. But I don't recommend it. 🍫 Now, I know you're probably thinking, "Why Bruges? What's so special about this place?" Well, besides the fact that it's a Unesco World Heritage Site (which is basically the gold medal of cool places), Bruges boasts more chocolate shops than you can shake a cocoa bean at. And if that's not reason enough, let me tell you about the beer. Belgians take their beer seriously, and you should too. Trust me; it's a frothy adventure waiting to happen. 🏛️ But that's not all! We'll be rubbing elbows with towering cathedrals and cozy streets (try saying that after a few Belgian beers), all while taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of this living fairy tale. 🌊 And don't forget the canals! We've got more of those than Venice (well, almost), and they're the watery arteries that keep the city's charm flowing. We'll stroll along the water's edge, discovering why Bruges is sometimes called the "Venice of the North" (without the gondolas, but with lots more waffles). 🍻 So, are you ready to embark on a journey that's part history, part chocolate, and all fun? Grab your comfy shoes, your sense of wonder, and maybe an umbrella (because you never know when those Belgian skies will decide to sprinkle a little magic). Let's dive into the whimsical world of Bruges together, one Belgian chocolate at a time!

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4.4
(805 reviews)

My husband and I enjoyed this tour. It was a great way to learn about Bruges, see most of the major landmarks, and learn history. I would recommend to anyone coming to Bruges! The boat tour was nice as well, however it unfortunately was raining for the whole trip.. it was still nice and a beautiful way to see the city. The guide had umbrellas which helped!

Good information about the place and its attractions. Gives local stories/history about them as well. Solid choice for the money. Props to the women (Forgot her name; she's I think half Romanian & Chinese) who came on short notice because the original done a no show.

Highly recommended experience with excellent value for money. You will not be disappointed either by the tour or by the guide who was very professional and friendly

Very good trip slightly ruined by rain on the Ghent stop. Overall a very pleasant trip with plenty of time to enjoy the 2 cities

Our guide David was great. He was very knowledgeable and helpful. Our driver Alfonso was also great.